Carragher says the 29-year-old could work his way into Liverpool’s best XI


Jamie Carragher has claimed that Alisson Becker could overtake Ray Clemence as Liverpool’s best goalkeeper in his opinion.

In a chat with fellow former Reds Phil Thompson and Jim Beglin for Goal, Carragher compared Liverpool’s current squad with those of the past.

When discussing which Jurgen Klopp players would be part of Liverpool’s best XI, Carra picked three players.

“One hundred percent. I would probably have three members of the current squad in the biggest XI by now,” the pundit said.[Virgil] Van Dijk and [Mohamed] Salah is in it, for me. I think at the end of his career you would watch Trent [Alexander-Arnold] as well as with the role it has and the impact it has had.

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Additionally, Carragher has named three other members of The Reds Class of 2021/22 as being with a shout going forward, including Alisson.

“Alisson will have a big shout out to really push Ray Clemence too,” he said. “Andy Robertson would have a shout, and while I don’t think I would ever remove John Barnes from my greatest XI, Sadio Mane is probably the closest we’ve ever had to him. That probably tells me everything you need to know.

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Alisson in conversation

Picking Liverpool’s best XI is obviously a hugely subjective debate. It all depends on your age, and recency and nostalgia biases make it impossible to be really sure.

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Liverpool have had a number of great goalkeepers over the years. Just take a look at the newly erected fresco at the AXA Training Center to be convinced.

But regardless of your age or whoever you lean towards, Alisson definitely needs to be part of the conversation.

For one thing, he is the only goalkeeper in Liverpool history to have won the Premier League. Only four have won the European Cup/Champions League as first-choice – Alisson being among them.

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Clémence always the man to beat

The 29-year-old keeper still has some way to go to equal Clemence’s tally of three in that regard. Clémence also contributed massively to five league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two UEFA Cups and a European Super Cup.13 titles. Pretty amazing.

Alisson, meanwhile, currently has four to his name in Liverpool red. If things go well over the next two weeks, it will hopefully go up to five, six or maybe even seven if the football gods really want to intervene.

In this regard, he still has a long way to go to match Clémence. Alisson, however, is under contract with the club until 2027. By the time he leaves Anfield, you’d expect him to have at least closed that gap.

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